Pile a no-go for Argos

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:52 PM ET

The Argonauts likely will be without a key member of their defence on Friday night in Winnipeg.

Free safety Willie Pile suffered a knuckle injury in the season opener against Calgary and met with a surgeon on Monday. The Argos re-signed defensive back Dwaine Carpenter, who was cut during camp, and Carpenter practised in Pile's place.

“We had Dwaine here long enough so he knows what we’re is doing, so he will be able to step in and play that spot,” Argos head coach Jim Barker said. “We are going under the assumption Willie will not be playing (against the Blue Bombers).”

Carpenter, who spent the past three seasons with the Stampeders, received a call from Barker on Saturday morning at his home in Atlanta.

“Coach Barker asked me if I was available, and I said ‘Yeah, when do you need me?’” Carpenter said. “He said Sunday, asked me if I was ready to go. I had not even unpacked yet.

“The next couple of days is going to be a cram session as far as watching film. Getting back to game tempo is the only adjustment.”

Pile’s backup, Jeremy Unertl, suffered a hamstring injury against Calgary and also is out. Pile talked to reporters after the game against Calgary and did not indicate he was hurt. The injury was not enough to knock Pile out of that game, a 30-16 Argos loss.

The Argos will have defensive tackle Adriano Belli in the lineup versus the Bombers. Belli was suspended by the CFL for the first game for transgressions that occurred during the 2009 season.


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